Asa Akira has certainly made her mark on the adult entertainment industry. A New York-born Japanese American, Asa has been a staple of the adult entertainment landscape for over a decade, racking up numerous awards and accolades along the way. The founding member of the class of ’07 “Gonzo Girls” has been named AVN Female Performer of the Year twice, and has appeared in dozens of films, DVDs, and web series. In this retrospective, we’ll take a closer look at the career of Asa Akira and explore how she has shaped the adult entertainment industry.

Asa Akira was born January 3, 1986 in New York City and spent much of her childhood in Tokyo. She began her career in adult entertainment in 2006, when she was 21. After breaking into the industry, she quickly became one of the most popular performers in the business, appearing in over 250 films, DVDs, and web series. While her work has predominantly focused on hardcore pornography, she’s also explored other genres, such as comedy, comedy-drama, fitness, and erotic romance.

In 2007, Asa had her breakout role that earned her the AVN Female Performer of the Year award. That year, she starred in the ground-breaking gonzo adult film series LA Toy, directed by Eon McKai, which propelled her to stardom. Her success in this genre earned her additional awards in subsequent years and also earned her a significant fan base.

For her many accomplishments, Asa has been honored with over 60 award nominations, receiving more than 20 of those including the AVN Female Performer of the Year award twice in 2007 and 2014. She has also been inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame and XRCO Hall of Fame.

Beyond her successful career in adult entertainment, Asa has been a real trail blazer in the industry. She has been a vocal critic of censorship and unfair business practices, and has argued that she and other adult entertainment industry professionals should be treated as equals in the entertainment industry. Notably, she has pushed for greater rights for sex workers and safer performing conditions.

Asa has also been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights, which is particularly meaningful in her role as a porn star. It is widely known that Asa identifies as a bisexual woman and she’s shared her experiences with sexuality in the past. In 2012, she released an autobiography titled ‘Insatiable: Porn – A Love Story’, which dives into her life, her experiences in the adult entertainment industry and her views on sexuality, gender and relationships.

Beyond herself and her work, Asa has been a mentor to various young women in the adult entertainment industry. She’s been a cheerleader for those who are just entering the business, offering advice and sharing her experiences in the hopes of encouraging the next generation of adult entertainment superstars.

Asa Akira has been an icon for adult entertainment for over a decade and has helped shape the industry into what it is today. She’s used her platform to advocate for the rights of sex workers, perform consensual and safe scenes, and create an environment that is both emotionally and financially supportive of performers. It’s no wonder that she’s been so successful in the adult entertainment world and will continue to be a powerful force in the industry.